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  •  Here's what I wrote Durbin in response: (3+ / 0-)
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    Dear Senator Durbin:

    I read your comments is the Chicago Tribune this morning regarding your position on modifying the filibuster rule in the U.S. Senate.  It appears that your preference would be to merely require the physical presence of one senator on the senate floor, in order to object to business.  Essentially, you would require an objecting member to always "be there", but that is as far as you see reform going on this issue.

    Clearly, the past 4 years have seen the most dysfunctional Senate in memory.  Republican obstructionism has not only prevented the orderly progress of bills found objectionable to any member (+40 more willing to support dissent), but have also denied the president his right to appoint a full compliment of executive and judiciary positions for his entire term, even when those appointments enjoy majority support among senators.  With the judiciary especially, a crisis exists due to the continued shortage of Article III judges across the country.

    We, as a nation, do not need the requirement of a Senate member to sit on the floor of the Senate and say "boo."  That is not reform.  Reform is coming up with a way that limits the ability of a minority of senators from permanently preventing the people's business from coming to the floor for an up or down vote of the issue of the day.  Whether it is appointments, revenue bills or the naming of a federal post office, this tyranny of the minority must stop.  

    Your colleague, Senator Jeff Merkley, and others, have meaningful proposals that will ultimately enable a majority of senators to actually reach the merits of a bill or appointment without requiring 60 votes every step of the way.  I urge you to join Senator Merkley, publicly, to support these reforms and to help the President fulfill the mandate earned in this recent election.


    XXXXX, Illinois

    Everyone of us from Illinois and elsewhere should go to his website, call his office, write him a letter, basically saying the same thing.

    President Barack Obama...I like the sound of that.

    by aloha and mahalo on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 08:04:32 AM PST

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